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Wondering who you should you root for at the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics? Get to know some of Team USA’s most inspiring athletes and the causes they champion.

Season 7: My New Favorite Olympian and My New Favorite Paralympian hosted by 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin

Season 6: My New Favorite Futbolista hosted by World Cup champion Meghan Klingenberg in English and Janelly Farías in Spanish

Season 5: My New Favorite Futbolista hosted by soccer legend Juan Pablo Ángel in English and Spanish

Season 4: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian

Season 3: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Olympic trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad

Season 2: Sports Uncovered hosted by Michele Tafoya

Season 1: Sports Uncovered hosted by Mike Tirico

Named "Best Sports Podcast" at the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards and the WEBBY Signal Awards

Presented by the storytellers at NBC and Telemundo

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Lydia Jacoby, who unexpectedly became an Olympic champion as a 17-year-old swimmer from Alaska, opens up about her battle with post-Olympic depression. Watch the video version of this episode HERE.Hear from:Lydia JacobyMissy Franklin (6-time Olympic medalist)Carol Capitani (Texas women’s swimming and diving head coach)Dr. Michael Gervais (Psychologist and founder of Finding Mastery)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
My New Favorite Olympian will introduce you to some of Team USA's most inspiring athletes and the causes they champion. New episodes hosted by 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin and NBC's Zena Keita will drop June 12. And don't miss My New Favorite Paralympian beginning August 14! Watch the video version of the trailer HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As a bonus treat for our listeners, we're flipping the tables and having My New Favorite Futbolista host (and World Cup champion) Meghan Klingenberg answer questions from Andy Slavitt, the host of In the Bubble. Klingenberg discusses leading the charge along with other members of the USWNT to secure equal pay for all women competing in international sporting events, plus shares her thoughts on this year's World Cup, explains why it makes sense to invest in women’s sports and reveals how you can support women’s soccer year-round.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How will Team USA handle the adversity they are facing at the Women’s World Cup? Olympic and World Cup champion Lauren Holiday discusses with soccer content creator Megan Reyes in this bonus episode of My New Favorite Futbolista recorded in front of a live audience at a Women’s World Cup watch party presented by our partners On Her Turf, TOGETHXR, Telemundo and Peacock.Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sophia Smith, the reigning NWSL MVP, has become an advocate for student-athlete mental health after losing her best friend and Stanford teammate Katie Meyer to suicide. Hear from:Sophia SmithMichael Wilson (Sophia’s boyfriend and Arizona Cardinals WR)Dr. Robin Scholefield (Associate Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services, USC)Victoria Garrick (Mental health advocate and host of Real Pod) Episode reporter:Abbey Fernández (NBC and Telemundo Bay Area) Read more about Sophia's story on NBC Bay Area, On Her Turf, TODAY and The Equalizer. Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
18-year-old Colombian forward Linda Caicedo, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 15, is now one of the sport’s most electric goal scorers. Hear from:Linda CaicedoHerlinda Alegría (Linda’s mother)Diego Vasquez (Linda’s former coach)Rafael Murillo (Linda’s former coach and lifelong mentor -president of Club Real Juanchito) Episode reporter:Jesús Quiñonez (NBC and Telemundo Boston)Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Naomi Girma, the first player of Ethiopian descent on the U.S. Women’s National Team, hopes to make it easier for first-generation Americans to succeed. Hear from:Naomi GirmaSeble Demissie (Naomi’s mother)Girma Aweke (Naomi’s father) Episode reporter:Darnay Tripp (NBC San Diego)Rigo Villalobos (Telemundo San Diego)Read more about Naomi's story on NBC Bay Area, The Equalizer and On Her Turf.Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Panamanian midfielder Marta Cox, who recently lost her mother unexpectedly, finds ways to keep her mother’s memory alive on the pitch.  Hear from:Marta CoxRaiza Gutiérrez (Marta’s longtime coach) Episode reporter:Roxanne Vargas (NBC and Telemundo Miami)Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sofia Huerta and Ashley Sanchez, who are poised to be the only two Mexican Americans to represent the U.S. at the World Cup, are grappling with their hybrid identities. Hear from:Sofia HuertaAshley SanchezKarina Rodríguez (Mexican national team and Ashley’s collegiate teammate)Ralph Sanchez (Ashley’s father) Episode reporter:Annabelle Sedano (NBC and Telemundo Los Angeles)Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Argentina’s Estefanía Banini, who is nicknamed the “female Messi,” is using her platform to advocate for equality for female soccer players in Latin America. Hear from:Estefanía BaniniAndrés Cantor (Telemundo Deportes)Eduardo Pérez (Estefanía’s former coach) Episode reporter:Isabella Echeverri (Colombian national team) Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
World Cup champion Becky Sauerbrunn, who due to injury will not feature in this year’s event, has an important story to tell. Sauerbrunn describes herself as an “introvert,” but she proudly steps out of her comfort zone to advocate for causes she finds important, from trans inclusion to gender equity.Hear from:Becky SauerbrunnChris Mosier (Trailblazing transgender athlete)Zola Short (Becky’s partner)Hudson Taylor (Athlete Ally founder) Episode reporter:Leila Rahimi (NBC Chicago)Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Canada’s Christine Sinclair, soccer’s all-time international goal scoring leader, has always let her stellar play do the talking for her...until now. Sinclair opens up about gender equity, multiple sclerosis and more. Hear from:Christine SinclairDiana Matheson (Two-time Olympic medalist, Canada)Steph Yang (The Athletic) Episode reporter:Tara Slone (NBC Sports Bay Area)Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Team USA’s Crystal Dunn, who returned to competitive soccer less than four months after giving birth to her son Marcel Jean, shares how she juggles her career and motherhood.Hear from:Crystal DunnPierre Soubrier (Crystal’s husband)Dr. Stacy T. Sims (Exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist)Episode reporter:Ashley Chaparro (NBC New York and Telemundo 47)Read more about Crystal's story on NBC New York, On Her Turf and The Equalizer. Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Costa Rica’s Raquel “Rocky” Rodríguez, the 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year, faced unexpected obstacles when she decided to immigrate to the U.S.Hear from:Rocky RodríguezGrettel Cedeño (Rocky’s mother)Sivianni Rodriguez (Rocky’s father)Episode reporter:Valeria Aponte Feliciano (NBC and Telemundo Philadelphia)Read more about Rocky's story on NBC Philadelphia, The Equalizer and On Her Turf. Watch the episode HERE.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
My New Favorite Futbolista will introduce you to the World Cup’s most inspiring soccer players and the causes they champion. New episodes hosted in English by World Cup champion Meghan Klingenberg and in Spanish by Mexico’s Janelly Farías will drop June 14.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Ferran Torres (Spain and FC Barcelona), a proud advocate for rescuing stray dogs, is determined to get dogs off the streets through adoption and educationHear from:Ferran Torres (Spain, FC Barcelona)Nikki Tibbles (Founder Wild at Heart Foundation)Check out the video feed. Escucha en español.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team used its platform to demand that Congress do something about gun violence in AmericaHear from:Chris Murphy (U.S. Senator from Connecticut)Alejandro Bedoya (USMNT)Gregg Berhalter (USMNT)Mark McKenzie (USMNT)Chris Richards (USMNT)DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT)Walker Zimmerman (USMNT)Dr. Amy Bass (Manhattanville College)Check out the video feed. Escucha en español.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT and Inter Miami CF) is a proud LGBTQ ally who is determined to make soccer more inclusive after hearing homophobic slurs on the pitchHear from:DeAndre YedlinLandon Donovan (USMNT legend and San Diego Loyal SC head coach)Collin Martin (San Diego Loyal SC player)Hudson Taylor (Athlete Ally founder)Check out the video feed. Escucha en español.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada and Toronto FC), who was raised by a single mother, is partnering with Single Mothers Outreach to provide single mothers with resources to successfully raise their familiesHear from:Mark-Anthony KayeNovelette Kaye (Mark-Anthony’s mother)Yorleni Sapp (Single Mothers Outreach)Check out the video feed. Escucha en español.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
José Cifuentes (Ecuador and LAFC), who had to choose between pursuing soccer or a formal education, wants to make it easier for future generations of soccer players to finish their studiesHear from:José "Cifu" CifuentesCristian Reinoso (Fútbol Estudio)Monserrat Creamer (Former Ecuadorian Minister of Education)Check out the video feed. Escucha en español.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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